Another missing maps feature: Night Nav Mode

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by aypues, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2012
    San Diego
    With any decent nav program I've used, either factory OEM on cars, or purchased in the app store, ALL of them have a Night Mode (dark graphics) to make it easier on your eyes when using navigation at night. I was using Maps to navigate last night and it never went into night mode. Let's add this to the fix list for Apple.
  2. macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Wonder if Auto Brightness being on or off would make a difference?
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2012
    San Diego
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2012
    Good call on that. That's one of those features you don't even think about till you're being blinded at night by the screen.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Perhaps if they were the first ones to build or develop a Nav, but, considering that nearly all nav systems released in the past 10 years automatically switch at sundown, it's a pretty big omission... but, then again, they omitted entire cities so I guess it's par for course.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2008
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2011
    Have you tried adjusting the brightness on the phone? I bet that would solve your problem.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2011
    Yes I would prefer making screen brighter instead of night nav mode.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    Good catch OP. How could Apple overlook that?
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    I agree. They added a "night mode" to iBooks so hopefully they will in Maps.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Good catch.....When I first got the NAV in my car it was on the daylight mode and it was way to bright. Turned it to auto night mode problem solved.

    This should be an easy fix.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Triple click the home button. It will invert the colors.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    They omitted it so they could add it later and call it innovative.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Not innovative. MAGICAL. :eek:
  15. Guest

    Aug 24, 2012
    Good shout, OP.

    Sure it will come with time, though. As will accurate roads and locations. Eventually!
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    As he said, there is an option on the phone to invert the colors. If it isn't already assigned to the triple click button you can turn it on in the accessibility settings.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    This does work and it looks pretty good but the road names a hot pink, pretty ugly IMO.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Noticed this last night. The screen was blinding and lighting up the whole car. Here in Canada it's illegal to use any handheld device while driving and I'm sure I would have got pull over if a cop had seen my car lit up like that. +1 for night mode.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2008
    Nottingham, England
    It'll be the next "One More Thing..."
  20. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Thanks for that tip! It's not a great solution, but it works for Maps. I would also love a night mode for the entire phone, mainly Music as well. I just went to see what it would look like there and it was on an album with a mostly black cover. It looked like a spotlight app. Well, at least I have a solution for when I use Maps.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2012
    My very expensive navigation system in my BMW doesn't automatically switch. It has night mode but not automatic. It has been a topic on BMW forums.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Maps isn't really made to be an in-car GPS replacement at this point. Both it and Google Maps suck at routing and rarely send you the fastest way to a destination. If you want something for in-car GPS, stick with TomTom, Garmin, or one of the other apps.


    Thats strange. My older Acrua does automatically when the headlights are turned on although I have it set to always be at daytime brightness.
  23. macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2012
    United Kingdom
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2002
    Lawrence, KS
    I didn't even think about that until a few nights ago when I was driving home from college. I hadn't tested Apple navigation on a long trip yet, so I set up my Garmin and my iPhone 5 on my dash. At first I was impressed and actually preferred the navigation over my Garmin, that is until the sun went down. My Garmin switched in to "Night Mode," which even for me feels a little too bright. However, the iPhone practically lit up my car, I turned the brightness down as much as possible, eventually I stopped navigation and took it down. Huge problem in my opinion, this feature has been around since the first GPS I owned, automatic or manual.
  25. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    Ummm...that's exactly what it is for.

    And it has worked incredibly well (at least in the US) for me on all my travels....I prefer it over my Garmin from both a visual and speed standpoint.

    Night mode was a big miss and I can't believe it isn't being worked on as we speak.

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